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Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman's Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom Hardcover – Unabridged, Oct 3 2014
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"Gripping and powerful, Lucia Jang's astonishing memoir of survival within the most oppressive regime in the world shows the strength of hope in even the darkest of places. Essential reading for anyone committed to women’s rights, and above all, human rights." (Randall Baran-Chong, Executive Director HanVoice 2014-09-03)
"It's overwhelmingly bleak yet utterly riveting...Through all this, Jang's survival instincts and intelligence astound...Meanwhile, Jang's shift from dutiful believer to tentative skeptic is expertly drawn." (Quill & Quire 2014-09-01)
"The meaning of the many Korean words used can be deduced from the narrative. Jang doesn't provide an analysis of the political forces within North Korea or the pressures waged against it, but raises questions, such as why Party officials had 'round, rosy cheeks,' while the skin of ordinary workers turned black from malnutrition. Jang's story (which was featured on CBC's The Fifth Estate) as well as the UN Commission's findings cast light on a real-life dystopia -- powerful statements about the inhumanity that power can engender." (Winnipeg Free Press 2014-10-11)
"Somehow, Sunhwa was never broken. She continued to defy the regime in her determination to save herself and her family...[She] seems to credit the force of this image with her survival but equally powerful was her own extraordinary compassion, which pushed her through her own suffering, striving to care for those she loved." (Maclean's 2014-10-11)
About the Author
Susan McClelland is an award-winning investigative journalist and author. Her writing has appeared in publications including the Globe and Mail, Maclean's, Canadian Living, Chatelaine and The Walrus. Her books include Bite of the Mango (Annick Press, 2008), The Last Maasai Warriors (Me to We, 2012) and The Tale of Two Nazanins (Harper Collins, 2012), and she has won two Amnesty International Media Awards for excellence in human rights reporting.
Lucia Jang lives in Toronto with her two children. Her story has recently been featured as a documentary on CBC's The Fifth Estate.
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I understand and appreciate the reason for the explicit descriptions which appear in the narrative of this book. But I would hesitate to recommend it to queasy readers.Published 18 months ago by Ron Leonard